Review | Lonesome Town by Tom Mendicino

Lonesome Town

 

Title: Lonesome Town
Author: Tom Mendicino
Genre: 
Publishing date: 24th November, 2015
Published by: Lyrical Press
Pages: 100

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 

*ARC received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Charlie Beresford and Kevin “KC” Conroy came of age in Tom Mendicino’s KC, At Bat and Travelin’ Man. Now they’re struggling with the realities of adulthood, in this powerfully honest story of unlikely friendship and enduring love.

At twenty-two, Charlie Beresford has a Dartmouth degree, an entry-level radio job, and a hunch that he’s already made one of the biggest mistakes of his life. It’s no wonder his old high-school crush, KC Conroy, is wary when they encounter each other again. Five years ago, Charlie callously discarded him after they shared an intense adolescent affair.

This KC is wiser and more worldly than the aspiring baseball star Charlie used to idolize. Back then, fame and success seemed a given. Now KC is chasing his last chance to make it as a pro, playing with an independent minor league team. But Charlie has changed too. Time and distance have taught him what’s worth fighting for, even when the odds are long—and that the only thing worse than striking out might be never taking a chance at all.


My Take:

Oops, this is the third and last book in the trilogy, didn’t know that. :/ 😛

I still had no problem following up the story. I liked the writing, I liked the time interval jumps, and I liked the character development. Although everything about them was a little vague it might be because I haven’t read the first two books so obviously I can’t say much about the character development but from what I gathered in this book, both the leads matured beautifully.

I like it when the writing juggles between time intervals, there’s not a chance to get bored with a time of the story because there’s another to the rescue and as a reader it feels like participating in the story by piecing different pieces of the story together. It gives me the feel of reading multiple books at a time.

I needed more of KC and Charlie’s relationship. I think the characters aren’t implored to their full strength. From the beginning itself there are a lot of characters to keep track of, all the baseball talk just went above my head. Not a sports fan, so might be that.

Charlie isn’t exactly that likable but he is okay and their relationship would have been more likable if it was given more time. I felt there was lot of things happening that not one thing could be felt connecting. The situations were all over the place making it really effort-taking to keep a hold of what was happening to whom and who was whom.


Why would I pick it up?

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To understand it better, maybe. 😛

 

Review | Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks by Riley Weber

Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks

Title: Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks
Author: Riley Weber
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Publishing date: 24th July, 2014
Published by: Riley Weber
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 

 


Synopsis:

Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks.


My Take:

This is a book about a King who wants to build a moat around his castle. He wants it so much that he invents or builds a excavator/ digger and a dump truck out of wood.

Now, kids aren’t going to think about why any metal wasn’t used. It might be the fact that metals weren’t that known in the time. This story just tells us about a King who wanted a moat and built big machines and equipments to build a moat.

The people of the kingdom are very proud of what their King has achieved and the King is happy with the moat. All well and happy in the kingdom.

How the wooden machines work is not told but then again it’s a children’s book. Good for a fun read, not much to learn though.


Why would I pick it up?

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For a quick read.

Review | The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas: The Classic Account of the Visit from St. Nicholas

 

Title: The Night Before Christmas
Author: Clement C. Moore
Genre: Classic, Children’s Fiction
Publishing date: 16th December, 2014 (first published 1823)
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 9

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 


Synopsis:

Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” in the TROY SENTINAL in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus.


My Take:

I remember reading this last Christmas and I only got around talking about it one year later.

This is a classic Christmas read. I am so glad that I read this. There isn’t much for me to say that’s going to be any different from what a lot of people have said.

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I didn’t read an illustrated version but there are lots and lots of illustrated versions available by various illustrations.

This is one of the books that can be read as a tradition every Christmas. I really enjoyed reading this.


Why would I pick it up?

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As I said, “can be read as a tradition every Christmas.”

Review | Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

Title: Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble
Author: M.C. Beaton
Genre: Fiction, Short Story, Mystery
Publishing date: 6th December, 2012
Published by: Robinson
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

 


Synopsis:

The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in this latest short story.

Agatha is spending Christmas at home in the Cotswolds – and in a fit of goodwill towards all men (and women) she invites six of Carsley’s oldest residents to come around and share Christmas lunch with her.

Christmas jollity soon turns to disaster as Agatha accidentally kills one of her guests with a gruesome homemade Christmas pudding… so will it be Christmas in the cells for Agatha? Or can she fix an escape out of this particular festive mess!


My Take:

I liked reading this short story.

Agatha is spending the holidays alone so she decides to hold a dinner party for six of the other lonely elders who would otherwise have been spending the holidays alone. She refers to them as ‘crumblies.’

She is a dysfunctional cook who shouldn’t be actually cooking but does that stop her from cooking for others, that to for a dinner party. Nope. 😛 Her dinner preparations are hilarious to read about.

Image result for a cooking mess gifIf it wasn’t for the fact that this book falls under the mystery category, I would’ve liked the book more. Considering how small the book is, there isn’t much time to build up the mystery.

Given the length of the book, the author does a good job.


Why would I pick it up?

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For the quick read.

 

Review | Annie’s 2nd Chance by Willee Amsden

Annie's 2nd Chance (Annie McCauley, #2)

 

Title: Annie’s 2nd Chance
Author: Willee Amsden
Genre: Fiction, Humour
Series: Annie McCauley #2

Publishing date: 9th September, 2015
Pages: 299

My Rating: 5/5 stars  

*ebook received from the author/publisher via Reading Deals in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Annie McCauley is the Calamity Jane of the high fashion world. If something can go wrong… but things don’t go wrong by themselves, they usually have some help from her arch-rival, Brittany Carstairs. They both grew up in the Mesa View Mobile Home Park in West Texas and both are now in New York City where evil Brittany cost Annie her job as spokesmodel for Tomi Di Ponti, the sexiest and most eligible bachelor in NYC and CEO of Di Ponti Cosmetics and Fashions.
Tomi gives Annie a second chance. Now Annie must grudgingly take the help of annoying though sexy, Luther Grolsch the man she accidentally shot. Sometimes Annie regrets shooting Luther and sometimes she wishes she’d done a better job. He’s that kind of guy. Quirky characters in hilarious situations and an accident prone heart make Annie both laughable and lovable in 2nd Chance a fun read.


My Take:

This book is such a hilarious book. I loved it! ❤ 😛 There wasn’t a dull moment in the book.This book made me laugh so much. 😀

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Annie wanted to be a model, she is good with her job too but Brittany won’t let her succeed. They both grew up together and now Brittany is out on a blood hunt for Annie. Well, not literally. 😛 She doesn’t leave any chance to insult Annie, Brittany keeps on pulling stunts on Annie (YouTube video of Annie being stuck in the toilet being one) due to which Annie is always in the middle of some or the other problem.

Brittany causes Annie to lose her job (Kidnapping) at the same time when Annie thinks there is something developing in the romantic aspect between her and her boss, Tomi. She asks a second chance to prove herself.

This paragraph from the summary describes Luther best. The scenes with Annie and Luther is witty and humorous.

Now Annie must grudgingly take the help of annoying though sexy, Luther Grolsch the man she accidentally shot. Sometimes Annie regrets shooting Luther and sometimes she wishes she’d done a better job. He’s that kind of guy. Quirky characters in hilarious situations and an accident prone heart make Annie both laughable and lovable in 2nd Chance a fun read.

This book is a light read and will have you in grips. You will not be disappointed. Atleast I wasn’t, I love it! ❤ 5 Stars! ❤


Why would I pick it up?

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Review | Hark- A Christmas Collection by Justin Bog

Hark---A Christmas Collection

 

Title: Hark- A Christmas Collection
Author: Justin Bog
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction
Publishing date: 14th November, 2014
Published by: Booktrope
Pages: 134

My Rating: 2.75/5 stars  

*e-copy received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

A beautifully written collection of short stories from critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest writer Justin Bog, Hark—A Christmas Collection explores the range of emotions surrounding the holidays. From melancholy to madness, loss and despair to hope and forgiveness, these six tales shimmer with feelings, some we’d rather stuff away, that Christmas can evoke.

Within Hark—A Christmas Collection, a retired police officer faces another Christmas Eve while bitter recollections haunt his every turn, a lonely businesswoman plans to seduce Santa Claus one Christmas Eve, a widow grows anxious searching for a misplaced present she intended to send to her ungrateful sister, a woman can’t keep the images of her past—these ghosts—from haunting the life she chooses to live; while attending a Christmas party in Sun Valley, Idaho, a bookstore clerk and his partner are taught a lesson most un-holidaylike, and, in the final story, a couple portrays Mr. & Mrs. Claus in their small island town holiday festivities and face a grim diagnosis together.

Set in colorful locations around the United States, from Anacortes, Washington, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Sun Valley, Idaho, each tale focuses on people who struggle to make good choices, learn lessons, and maybe even find peace during the holiday season.


My Take:

It has six short stories in it. Namely, Hark, Seducing Santa, Bracelet, Everyone wants me to, Snow Globe, The Heralds.

My advice would be to go into this book without any expectations because when we think of Christmas, we associate all the happy and mushy emotions with it but this isn’t your typical Christmas joy stories. This book portrays much deeper emotions, the underlying emotions to the joyous cover we display.

The stories are well thought and well written. When I began writing this review, I planned to give a summary of every story but then thought above it. I think this book is to be enjoyed with no prior knowledge of what the book contains.

When you look at the pretty cover and the title, you think, this is going to be one of those sweet, bubbly, syrup induced story but boy! you sure are in for a ride. This book explores the emotions that we don’t usually associate with Christmas but they are well and true to show their presence somehow. Not everyone gets into the festive hype, for some the festivals bring out their thoughts that might have a tinge of darkness.

All the stories explore different types of emotions and show us that Christmas is not the same for everyone but I feel that the dark thoughts are wrapped in the blanket of compassion and hope because that is what life is about. Getting over the negativity and embracing the positivity.


Why would I pick it up?

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For the unconventional concept.